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Marble Falls trick play sets up game winning TD over Elgin

Robbie Brown
American-Statesman Correspondent
Marble Falls rallied late to take a 34-33 win over Elgin Friday.

Marble Falls spent the entire night overcoming obstacles but it may have been the Mustangs’ conversion of a 2nd-and-29 play after two consecutive huge penalties, that proved to be the most important. The run-heavy slot-T offense used a trick play as Roberto Adame took the pitch then found Lance Long for a 38-yard gain. Seven plays after the conversion, Rio Suarez dove in from 1 yard out and the Logan Barnes extra point gave Marble Falls a thrilling 34-33 victory over Elgin .

Marble Falls (2-0) would have to overcome two fumbles that were both turned into touchdowns for the Wildcats and twice fell behind by 13 points. Elgin (0-1) would get the scoring going early in the game as Lyndon Rangel broke away on the game's second play for a 67-yard touchdown run but the kick was missed and the Wildcat lead stood at 6-0. Marble Falls took the lead later in the opening quarter when Adame escaped for a 7-yard touchdown run followed by a Barnes PAT.

Elgin would finish out the quarter, after recovering the first Marble Falls fumble, with a 1-yard touchdown run by Peter McFarlin to give the Wildcats the 13-7 lead. Marble Falls would respond with a Hayden Hoover 1-yard run but a missed PAT tied the game at 13 with 5:44 left in the half. Elgin looked like they would start to run away late in the first half when Rangel broke away again, this time for a 32 yard touchdown run that was followed by a McFarlin 9-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats a 26-13 lead at the half.

Marble Falls responded nicely to start the third quarter with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a Hoover 1-yard plunge. The score would pull the Mustangs to within 26-20 early in the quarter. Marble Falls would give the ball back to Elgin late in the third quarter and that led to another McFarlin touchdown run, this time from 13 yards out. The lead was pushed back to 33-20 at the end of the quarter.

Marble Falls marched 67 yards on six plays to start the final quarter and the comeback was on. Hoover scored his third touchdown of the night to close out that drive to pull the Mustangs within 33-27 with 9:41 left in the contest. The Wildcats were unable to generate anything on their next possession and were forced to give the Mustangs the ball at midfield. That stop set up Marble Falls' incredible finish.